Clean Angling News
March 2010

Invasive Species Impacts on Anglers are Rapidly Increasing

 The fishing and boating season is right around the corner and it's likely that you will be impacted by invasive species this summer; but not in the way you might think. It's not just that invaders are harming our fishing by altering the environment or impacting fish populations. Rather, impacts are being created through efforts to prevent the spread of invasives. From the cost of fees and inspections, to changes in our equipment (see story below), to reduced access and new restrictions, invasives are fueling a lot of change. 

   The following provides a quick overview of some stories of change. They provide examples of what you may face in your home area now or in the future. We can be certain that more change will be coming but we don't know what that change might take. Be educated and be involved. Be aware and comment on proposed changes in your area.

  Two northern Minnesota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban the Department of Natural Resources from building any new public access areas on lakes and rivers. Read More

  Wisconsin boaters are being asked to support ANS programs through a voluntary checkoff contribution. Read More

  Lake Tahoe has just published their boating inspection requirements and fees for 2010. In addition to invasives, boats will be inspected for a host of other environmental problems. Read More

  At Lake Pearl in MA, local officials have raised the non resident access fee from $20 to $75 to pay for weed eradication. This move has angered anglers and the state is now refusing to stock the lake. Read More

  Idaho was the first sate to implement a statewide invasive species sticker program which requires every boat to pay. Here is a look at some of the results of the first year of the program. Read More

  One thing Idaho lawmakers have already decided is that the fees for the state invasive species stickers were not high enough so the legislature has approved raising the cost of non resident stickers by $2.00. Read More

  The Idaho model of making boaters pay the costs of a statewide program seems to be becoming the program of choice for other states to model, Oregon is already implementing a similar programs and now Wyoming has authorized a sticker program. Read More

Alaska Bans Felt!

Another Image  Alaska has become the first state to ban the use of felt soles on waders and wading boots. The Alaska Board of Fisheries had previously announced a ban in the SE portions of the state in 2011 but, in mid March, they voted unanimously to make the ban statewide and delay its implementation until Jan. 1, 2012   Read More

  In addition to the Alaska action, we have previously reported on the proposed felt ban in New Mexico and there is now a legislative effort underway in Vermont as well.  The fishing industry generally is in support of the move away from felt and most wader companies are rapidly switching to feltless alternatives, a move that is supported by many.
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  In this Orvis Podcast noted fly angler, Tom Rosenbauer, offers an excellent overview of the felt sole issue and offers some thoughtful advice Listen Here

Two Views On Pike

   In many western states northern pike are a feared invader. They are very efficient predators and their tolerance of cool to cold water means that they can successfully thrive in many types of trout water as well as in lakes and ponds that harbor other game fish. The battle against pike is being fought by biologists in many areas and all are quick to condemn the "bucket biologists" who move these fish to suit Another Imagetheir own desires. No responsible angler would ever move these fish to new waters but some do admit that they find a value to the sport they offer. From Alaska we get the story of one person who enjoys tangling with the invasive pike.  Read More

   At the other end of the spectrum, we get the story titled Northern Pike: A**holes of the Fishing World in which the author finds nothing of value in these invaders.   Read More

Striped Bass Threaten Salmon

  We all know that our pacific salmon stocks are in serious condition. Many species are teetering on the edge of extinction and salmon recovery is a top priority for most. In California we are seeing a classic battle play out as salmon recovery advocates fight to eliminate the preferences given to the invasive striped bass.  Read More

Battling Salvinia

Some Image  One of the biggest reactions I get when I do presentations about aquatic invasive species comes when I show slides of severe salvinia infestations. Seeing the dense green blanket covering the entire surface of a large area allows all of us to easily imagine what it could do to our favorite water. Across the south the war is on to contain and control the salvinia invasion..  

  Texas is facing a serious threat to some of the best bass fishing waters in the world and they are doing whatever they can to reduce the salvinia being spread by fishermen. They have a very informative short video on their efforts. Watch the Video

  In Louisiana, officials caution that they are losing their fight against the invasive weed and have proposed spending 7.9 million in the coming year on control. “I would tell you it’s getting better, but that’s not the case. It’s getting worse. It’s an ongoing threat to the waters of the state of Louisiana.” says Robert Barham, the head of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Great Lakes States Again

  The threat that Asian carp will soon invade the Great Lakes has been much in the news as everyone scrambles to find ways to protect the Lakes from what experts believe will be serious damage. These invaders will significantly alter the ecology of the Lakes and could lead to collapses of some fish stocks.  

Another Image   We have written a lot about the problem and the fight between neighbors that it has triggered. In short, all of the Great Lakes states except Illinois want the immediate closure of the man-made canal that connects the Mississippi River drainage to Lake Michigan. This canal has been identified as the most likely place for the carp to enter the Lake and scientists have argued for years about how to best keep the carp out. After failing to convince the US Supreme Court to order the immediate closure of the canal earlier in the year, the states involved got the Court to take another look at the situation and the Court again refused to order the canal closed.  Read More

Science Of Felt Presentation

  We published the Science of Felt paper late last year and it has generated a lot of discussion. Recently we have made presentations about this and we have received a lot of requests for copies of the presentation. If you would like a pdf copy  Download Here


  As the days get longer we know that fishing trips will soon be at hand. Be sure to read our first story to learn a little about the new fees, regulations and restrictions that we will be seeing this summer.  Every year we see new costs and restrictions and 2010 will be no different.

   A number of readers have asked about the availability of back issues of the Clean Angling News. We now have all of the past issues available in our Archives

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